People in the fresh produce industry news in 2012:
EtheridgeVance Publishing Corporation, owner of The Packer, names Shawn Etheridge vice president and publishing director for the company’s produce division. Publications under Etheridge’s oversight include The Packer, Produce Retailer, and Red Book Credit Services.
Made in Nature LLC, Wellington, Fla., hires Mary Beth Wilson as senior brand manager. The company also hires Brent Jarrett as eastern sales manager and David Blair as western sales manager and promotes B.J. Howard to manager of customer service.
The North American Perishable Agricultural Receivers Association selects John Motley, founder of NAPAR manager Policy Solutions Motley-Scher-Truitt LLC, as its president.
Fourth-generation strawberry grower Miles Reiter, president, chairman and chief executive officer of Watsonville, Calif.-based Driscoll Strawberry Associates, joins the California State Board of Food and Agriculture.
The Giumarra Cos., Los Angeles, promotes Megan Schulz to West Coast business development manager and Adriana Lopez to graphics, social media and events manager.
Ben Alviano becomes national account manager in Canada for Salinas, Calif.-based Mann Packing as part of the company’s sales expansion.
Randall Skoda becomes interim president and chief executive officer of Skokie, Ill.-based Topco Associates LLC after Steven Lauer’s retirement in December.
The Hass Avocado Board, Irvine, Calif., names Emiliano Escobedo as executive director. Escobedo succeeds Jose Luis Obregon in the position.
The Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association hires Shelby Rajkovich as communications director.
Don Harris resigns from his position as director of category development for Naples, Fla.-based Naturipe LLC to start his own consulting firm with Naturipe as a client. Harris’ company, Harris Consulting Solutions, is based in Boulder, Colo.
Yerington, Nev.-based Peri & Sons Farms Inc. hires Cindy Elrod as a saleswoman.
Richard Nieuwenhuis, president of the New Jersey Farm Bureau, is elected to a third term on the American Farm Bureau Federation’s board of directors. Beth Pool, co-owner of Sebowisha Farms, Mickleton, N.J., is elected for a third term on the AFBF women’s leadership committee.
Gary Lucier, retired U.S. Department of Agriculture economist, announces he will remain active in the industry as a consultant through World Agricultural Economic and Environmental Service LLC, Mason Neck, La. Lucier retired from the USDA’s Economic Research Service on Dec. 31, 2011.